“Technology vendors sharpen your pencils—the next great governmentwide acquisition contract is weeks away from dropping.”
“The National Institutes of Health IT Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC) will release the $40 billion CIO-SP4 contract in the next few weeks—mid-to-late March— and award spots to as many as 450 large and small contractors by early 2022.”
“Brian Goodger, the program manager for CIO-SP4 and acting director of NITAAC, said he expects to receive more than 1,000 bids, which will be due on April 30th.”
“’I think we’ve done a pretty good job over the spring and summer of 2020 getting out to the various groups within industry at all levels of IT and all business sizes. Our feedback tells us that we’re going set a record with the amount of proposals we’re going to receive in terms of competition,’ Goodger said in an exclusive interview with Federal News Network. ‘It’ll be more so than NITAAC has ever previously had in its 20-year existence, and it’ll probably be more so than almost any contract in government period. So we’ve got our work cut out for us to meet the expectations that we’ve laid out for ourselves and with industry to have an efficient review of the proposals.’”
“Knowing the popularity of the GWAC and protests could easily delay its roll out, Goodger said NITAAC plans to address any potential complaints as early in the evaluation process as possible.”
“He said vendors will have to get through a three-phased evaluation gauntlet to earn one of the coveted spots on CIO-SP4.”
“The first phase requires contractors to fill out a self-scoring sheet that reflects their corporate experience based on the work they’ve done for the government in the past…” Read the full article here.
Source: NITAAC details timing, evaluation plans for $40B IT services contract – By Jason Miler, February 22, 2021. Federal News Network.